For this installment of the Top of the Heap series, I spoke with Elly Teman, a medical anthropologist specializing in the anthropology of reproduction and a senior lecturer in the Department of Behavioural Science at Ruppin Academic Center in Israel.
The top of my heap this past summer has been stacked with a list of documentary films on …
In a book chapter addressing feminist research methods and women’s health and healing, Rayna Rapp (1999) wrote about the complicated ways in which everyday life is embroiled in feminist research methods. She was speaking about how her own experience with amniocentesis was situated in her now canonical, multi-sited ethnography of this technology, and the corresponding challenges that arise when doing …
In her superb exposition of staring, Garland-Thomson (2009) draws attention to Chris Rush’s artistic piece Swim 2 which depicts a woman with Down’s syndrome in a regal pose (figure 1).
Figure 1: ‘Swim 2’ by Chris Rush. All rights reserved.
The portrait invites us to stare, engrossed perhaps less with the “strangeness” of this woman’s disability and more
Seizing the Means of Reproduction
Entanglements of Feminism, Health and Technoscience
by Michelle Murphy
Duke University Press, 2012. 259 pages
In the 1970s throughout the United States and Canada, health emerged as a feminist category around which a set of projects and goals crystallized and then diffused. Michelle Murphy’s book Seizing the Means of Reproduction begins in California with …
God’s Laboratory: Assisted Reproduction in the Andes
by Elizabeth F. S. Roberts
University of California Press, 2012, 273 pp.
In God’s Laboratory: Assisted Reproduction in the Andes, Elizabeth Roberts examines how science and spirituality are connected in the practice of in vitro fertilization (IVF) in Ecuador. This alone is a significant contribution to the anthropology of assisted reproduction, …